Dubbed ‘My week as a Muslim’, Channel 4 recently caused public outrage with their documentary in which a white woman is armed with prosthetics, tan and a headscarf to experience life as a Muslim woman in the UK. It alarms me that documentaries like this can ever be considered as progressive or remotely insightful. … Continue reading Why Channel 4’s brown facing show is so disgusting.
from here on I am no longer just me I am daughter of, Fiancé of, Daughter in law to be. I ain't me. I'm his and Theirs And Belonging to the village of... I ain't me. I ain't me. -Shazmeen خالد
Here we have another white man Telling me to be grateful for the opportunities that he gave to me. Gave To me. When he took and continues to take More than he has ever given. White man telling me that he done so much for my family. Right, and I'm meant to be alright, I'm … Continue reading Oblivious White Man (Poem)
The YouTube "dawah" scene has become a breeding ground for self-righteous, entitled and highly misogynistic religious preachers who frantically wave their hands at the screen and put on a terrible Arabic accent. It is a nightmare for Muslims and frankly, I’m bloody sick of it. “OH, HERE WE GO ANOTHER FEMINIST TRYING TO DEVIATE … Continue reading The ‘Dawah’ scene.
I'm not here to congratulate white feminism, to applaud when she dyes her armpit hair blue When she still laughs at the hair on my upper lip and on the sides of my face. To give her a gold star when she says "Coloured women are beautiful too!" Because we are not. I am not. … Continue reading White Feminism (Poem)
Women are encouraged to be submissive and chaste to avoid unwanted sexual attention, men are encouraged to be outgoing and are praised for wilfully scoping out the market of women (and I say market because the construction of sexual politics positions women as desirable objects or goods that must be thoroughly examined for flaws and … Continue reading Sexual Politics In The South Asian Muslim Community
One ummah is a flavoursome term, You can scream "one ummah" all you like when you pick and when you choose, It doesn't change what makes it on Muslim breaking news, "ASTAGHFIRULLAH, a hijabi twerking on the street!" Yet you forget about "Jannah lies at her feet." and you forget the sister who got attacked … Continue reading One Ummah (Poem)
Before today, I was considering writing an article about the controversy of the hijab. I was considering writing about how so many people choose to wear the hijab despite the perturbing fear of being judged by different communities and for a multitude of reasons. But I was going to do that without admitting one thing … Continue reading To hijab or dejab?
they erased your existence, you looked on, thinking of home. they tried and tried to make you find yourself in the soils of a land that you did not belong to, they forgot the traces of you. they forgot you, in pursuit of finding you, they forgot you, in attempt to sell you to a … Continue reading long way from home (poem)
Polarised between tradition and revolution I hear the Mufti’s and the Sheikhs say all the time that loving or falling in love is not haraam, it’s what you do with it that matters and love is an integral part of marriage in Islam. I hear the traditional members of my family say all the … Continue reading The (un)arranged Marriage